UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS/ Joshua Lott)
More than 100 MKs sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday
objecting to UN recognition of Palestinian statehood.
The letter, signed
by 104 MKs, was initiated by MK Shai Hermesh (Kadima), chairman of World Jewish Congress in Israel.
Faction chairs, including MKs Dalia Itzik (Kadima),
Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), Robert Ilatov (Israel Beiteinu), Eitan Cabel (Labor),
Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi), Einat Wilf (Independence) and Avraham Michaeli
(Shas) all signed the letter.
In addition, the International Council of
Jewish Parliamentarians launched a letter-sending initiative, led by ICJP
chairwoman Fiamma Nirenstein, who gathered signatures from 150 Italian
In the letters, MKs and Jewish parliamentarians say
that the Palestinian statehood bid “undermines past resolutions...
on the principle that a final agreement between the two sides will be reached
“We call on the UN General Assembly to reject the
initiative and instead call on all sides to return to the negotiating table to
renew the dialogue and to strive to reach an agreement that will guarantee
peace, security and prosperity for two peoples,” the letter concludes.